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Ian Poulter says he could not be hitting the ball any better despite losing out to Dustin Johnson in the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
Poulter pushed Johnson all the way on the final day, but the American held his nerve to shoot a six-under-par 66 to finish on 24-under, three shots ahead of Poulter, who also fired a 66.
Graeme McDowell finished a shot further behind and is now second behind Henrik Stenson in the Race to Dubai standings, with Poulter moving up to fourth.
The Englishman was disappointed not to retain the crown he won last year, but was still very happy with his form.
“I’m a little disappointed not to put my hands back on the trophy, but Dustin kind of finished the job,” said Poulter.
“I’m in great form. The work I’ve done leading up this run of tournaments has really worked and I couldn’t be hitting it any better right now.”
Johnson meanwhile was delighted with the way he handled the pressure after starting the day with a three-shot lead that he maintained.
“It was a lot of fun out there,” Johnson said. “Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I’m really proud of the way I handled myself.”
Elsewhere, Justin Rose ended up eight behind Johnson, with Rory McIlroy finishing on 15-under.